The Weird and Wild Western
In preparation for Westworld Season 2, we look at 3 movies that capture the counterculture in the Old West.
It’s the only movie genre that is uniquely American. The Western was once the most popular film genre and John Wayne was its greatest hero. But as the times changed, the American Western changed with them. In the 1970s, America looked at the Old West through the prism of Vietnam and realized the notion of the hero was a myth. The world is more complicated than “cowboys vs. Indians” or good vs. bad vs. ugly. Here we identify three unique Westerns that form their own sort of sub-genre. Oh, and these Westerns are funny. These are Westerns made by and for the counterculture. These films proclaim reverence for the genre, while also providing a timely irreverence that captured the era. While conservative filmgoers may eulogize the Old West, tradition gets bucked in each of these three obscure gems.